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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Chautauqua Theater Company 2014 New Play Workshop

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Chautauqua Theater Company is now accepting submissions for its summer 2014 New Play Workshop signature staged reading series.

Note we will be accepting new work from now until October 30, 2013.

CTC is the resident professional theater and Conservatory at the renowned Chautauqua Institution in western New York. Over the last ten years, our New Play Workshop(NPW) series has gained incredible momentum and developed into something truly unique. As one of our writers described it, the NPW is “ a guerrilla process involving top actors, designers, and directors for an audience that truly welcomes new theatre. CTC is not another music stand stop for plays in development – it's a genuine opportunity to see the play come to life in front of a paying audience.”

2014 Themes

At Chautauqua, each week is given a theme around which the Institution’s celebrated morning lecture series is oriented. We ask that submissions reflect in some way on any of the nine weekly themes of the summer-- from the intimate and personal to the global and political. The 2014 slated themes are:

  • Roger Rosenblatt and Friends (Writers on Writing)
  • Feeding a Hungry Planet
  • The Ethics of Privacy
  • Emerging Citizenship: The Egyptian Experience
  • The American West
  • Brazil: Rising Superpower
  • A Week with Ken Burns: Historian, Documentarian and American Conscience
  • Chautauqua’s Global Public Square
  • Health Care: From Bench to Bedside

For more detailed explanations of these themes, and a list of the lecturers who will be speaking about them, visit: www.ciweb.org/education-lectures

Submission Guidelines

  • In order to be considered for a workshop, submitted plays must:
  • Be un-produced and unpublished as of yet, although plays slated for production in the coming year or previously workshopped by other companies are perfectly acceptable.
  • Be full-length and complete. We are unable to accept submissions of sample pages.
  • Require no more than eight actors, to be cast from a combination of guest artists and CTC’s Conservatory company of emerging talent from the nation’s top training programs.

Along with your script, please send a synopsis, a character or casting breakdown, and a brief bio or resume of the writer by October 30, 2013. Programming decisions will be made by February 1, 2014.

Materials may be submitted electronically to NPW@CTCompany.org. We are no longer accepting hard copy submissions.


  • We will produce two Signature Staged Readings as part of our New Play Workshop.
  • Each play receives a six day workshop, three days for rehearsals and 3 days for performances and continued rehearsal and development.
  • All plays will be performed in the 270 seat Bratton Theater
  • Plays are cast from a combination of guest artists and CTC’s Conservatory company—a talented ensemble of 14 of the finest emerging actors in the country (ranging from 22 to 33 years old)
  • Each play receives design and technical support from our scenery, costume, lighting, and sound departments-- led by our exceptional Conservatory Design Fellows.
  • Playwrights will be hosted in residence for the entire week. Travel, housing, and an honorarium are provided.
  • Dates have not yet been confirmed, but the first workshop will be produced in early to mid-July and the second in the first week of August 2014.

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